Stanley, North Dakota

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 101 miles from Towner to Stanley, North Dakota.

We continued traveling along U.S.Highway 2 West.

Along the way we passed through Minot, for which we could not find a good reason to stop. These many last days of basically traffic-less driving on Highway 2 has come to an end. Once we left Minot, the traffic picked up noticeably as we are entering North Dakota’s oil boom area. You can read all about it in this Wikipedia link about Stanley…,_North_Dakota

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

This was one of the few times we were not accompanied by a number of trucks…


Arriving in Stanley, Mary and I took a walk down Main Street to find something we had not seen before. On every street light pole was a large speaker playing rock music! Mary and I both found it most irritating…


We were in search of Stanley’s claim to fame. The only remaining original operating Whirl-A-Whip ice cream machine left in the country located in the Dakota Drug Store which still has the soda fountain…


Terry, the owner, showed us the machine…only it is no longer functioning. The motor had burned out…


Here is the cover of the machine…


He told us the newer model is the same internal machine, but now covered in a stainless steel case…


What’s so special about this machine? Well, other places may advertise 100 different flavors and have to keep them in stock. With this machine, by having only three flavors in stock and then adding unique ingredients, you can create hundreds of flavors. So, of course we just had to try it. Here’s the menu of flavors…


I had the chocolate ice cream and added Oreo cookie, whopper (a malt ball) and bit o’ brickle (a crunchy granola-like substance) which cost $4.00.. Here’s what it looked like before the machine processed it…


And here’s what it looked like after the machine processed it. Kind of like a flavored softee ice cream. It was tasty!…


Terry, the owner, contacted Bruce Rohtenheiser and told him we were interested in the history of the machine. Bruce, together with his son owned the drugstore for more than 50 years. Bruce, who is a lively 83 years old and once served as the mayor of the town, filled us in on the history of the machine. Here he wears a T-shirt identifying North Dakota’s two most valuable commodities…grain and oil…


The drug store even has Whirl-A-Whip T-shirts for only $13.75. We did not buy one…


Here’s a YouTube Video showing the Whirl-A-Whip machine at the Dakota Drug Store in Stanley…

The once free municipal campground is no longer free and full of oil boom workers. Bruce put me in contact with Harry Braddock, a past Commander of the local American Legion which no longer owns a building in town. Harry was kind enough to offer to let us park across the street from his home…


Here’s the usual dinette window photo…


Yesterday was a lousy weather day. 96 degrees with high humidity. Today’s forecast is for 94 degrees. Tomorrow is forecast 89 degrees. YUKKITTY!

We’ll continue our westward travel later this morning.

Enjoying unique Whril-A-Whip ice cream machines is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of North Dakota. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…


Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein


On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
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2 thoughts on “Stanley, North Dakota

  1. Thanks for your story! my Grandma was from Stanley!

  2. 2gadabout

    I’m not a weather whimp So I enjoyed the weather just fine. And the wonderful concoction. And the friendly people.

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